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Mission & History

The cheesemakers, buttermakers and whey processors gathered by WCMA strive toward the goal of producing the finest dairy products in the world.  They are connected by a shared passion for their craft and through our association, which has offered the industry advocacy, education and healthy competition and collaboration since 1891.

Today, WCMA membership includes nearly 600 companies operating around the world with tens of thousands of employees.  In fact, our members are located in 18 states and 11 countries.

For its members, WCMA is a strong advocate at the state and federal government level, a networking hub, and a source of news and information they can trust.

The association provides educational opportunities via its scholarship program, and industry-specific training at the Center for Dairy Research and via Madison College.

WCMA is partnering with the Center for Dairy Research to execute the Artisan Dairy Producer Food Safety Initiative which, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will help ensure industry adoption of the new Food Safety Modernization Act.

Casper Jaggi, pictured here pressing cheese in the late 1930’s, was one of many European immigrants who established Wisconsin’s reputation for cheese.  His Brodhead Swiss Cheese Factory – which became largest factory of its kind in the 1950’s – was famous for making huge wheels of Swiss.

WCMA pioneered the idea of educational dairy judging competitions and industry-wide business education and today we proudly host the world’s largest technical dairy competitions, the largest cheese industry exposition in the Western Hemisphere and our nationally-known cheese technology conference.

For more than 125 years, WCMA has encouraged and supported tremendous growth in the nation’s dairy industry, and we believe the best is yet to come!